When I introduce graters into a lesson I remind the pupils that each of the small holes is really a knife so they have to take real care.
Here are a few golden rules:
* Choose the right grater for the child and the task.
* Always take your time when you grate and focus on what you are doing.
* Always ask an adult to finish off the last bit (when the item becomes too small to hold safely).
So, if you looked into the Kids and Food cooing van, which graters would you find?
I have a set of 5 of these and they are so versatile. If you only want 1 grater this is the one. They are perfect for grating cheese, grating carrots and vegetables for salads, grating fruit for cakes and general rough grating. They are also cheap at about £2 a time.
The perfect grater for small hands to start with. You would be surprised how efficient they are at grating vegetables, and the best part is you will be unlikely to hurt yourself. Again, these are very cheap (in fact if you meet me at a workshop I can sell you one for £2).
With its four sides offering a choice of 4 different styles of grating / cutting these can be very useful (and what a lot of pupils are used to). As a rough grater it works really well (but watch those fingers). Where children struggle with this grater is when they try to use the fine grater to get lemon / orange zest or grate ginger as the holes clog up very quickly and you get vey little grated product.
When you need to grate finely (zesting fruit etc.) this is the only way to go. It also pays to spend money and get a good quality grater. I started buying a cheaper, supermarket branded version but after a few grated knuckles among the pupils I bought a sharper version and , hey presto, no accidents.
What it boils down to is if the grater isn't very sharp then too much pressure is needed and your hand is more likely to slip. I would rather pay more money and keep my pupils safe.
Let me know what you think.